I hope you all enjoyed the holiday! Congratulations to Leo and Matthew for their participation in the Nationwide Scholastic Championship III. The tournament had a total of three sections and over 125 players. Leo earned a total of 1 point, and Matthew earned a total of 2.5 points. In addition, Matthew's wins in the tournament increased his online quick rating to 1005. Matthew is the first member to reach a rating of 1000 or higher. Our next tournament, Phoenix Saturday Action, will be on July 17th, 2021, at 9:30am MST. We look forward to returning to in-person events and participating in our first tournament in Phoenix, AZ.
In other news, the North American Youth Blitz Tournament will be held at the Hilton Chicago on August 16th, 2021, at 5:00pm CST. This will be our first in-person event in Chicago. The return of actual chessboards and chess clocks should be refreshing. We expect 8-12 team members to participate in this event. For the remainder of the year, we will continue to compete in both in-person and online tournaments. Encourage students to practice and emphasis the importance of not only winning but to have fun!